J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation

OVERVIEW: J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation makes many of its grants in the Chicago area and focuses on health, arts and culture, and education.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, arts and culture, education

IP TAKE: This funder has given out around $4 million annually in recent years, and Reyes is well-connected to several local hospitals and medical centers.

PROFILE: Established in 2007, the J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation is a private family foundation that gives in Chicago. J. Christopher Reyes graduated from the University of Maryland and purchased a Schlitz beer distributorship in South Carolina for $740,000 with his brother, Jude, and father. Within a year, the brothers added another outlet, in Savannah, Georgia, and then moved into Chicago in 1979. These days, Reyes Holdings, a global food and beer distribution conglomerate, consists of Reyes Beverage Group, the largest beer distributor in the U.S. The two brothers serve as co- chairs of Reyes Holdings. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of health, arts and culture, and education.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, one big interest of the couple is health, where Reyes has been involved in a major way at several hospitals. He's served as president of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and has chaired the board. One year, Reyes gave Lurie Children's at least $5 million. More recently, the Lurie Children's Foundation received $1 million from the couple. Reyes also served as vice chairman of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington D.C. As well, the foundation has given to Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, and the Northwestern Memorial Foundation.

The couple also has an interest in education in Chicago. Past grants have gone to Lake Forest Academy, an independent boarding school, and Lake Forest Country Day School. Support has gone to Reading Power, which helps students with reading, and toward fellowships at the Accelerate Institute. The couple has helped fund the Ryan Award, "a one-year, paid fellowship providing aspiring principals with the opportunity to step back and develop a high-impact strategy and plan for creating a high-achieving urban school in the year prior to their first year as a principal." Assorted sums have also gone to Chicago outfits such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Lync Opera of Chicago, the Field Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Reyes is also a trustee at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, where modest sums have gone in recent years. 

Many foundation grants range from $500 to $100,000. Grantseekers should review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation is based in West Palm Beach, Florida, but much of the funder’s giving remains in Chicago.

J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation has no clear process for grantseekers to get in touch. It also does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications. The funder’s phone number is 561-469-5600.

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